Radical Remission: The Nine Key Factors That Can Make A Real Difference (Surviving Cancer Against All Odds) by Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D.
The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From The People Who've Lived The Longest by Dan Buettner
I find it so empowering to know that the 9 psycho-social-lifestyle factors that have been identified as being central to the radical remission cases of "terminal" cancer patients are the same factors that are lived by the "blue zone" centenarians.
In this week's classes, we focussed on one of the 9 shared factors....social support.
Here is a quote right out of Dr. Turner's book Radical Remission regarding social support as a determinant of health and healing from cancer.
"I hope this chapter has convinced you that receiving love and support from others is as essential for your health as eating a vegetable-rich diet or taking antioxidant supplements. That's because what we feel emotionally is instantly translated into chemicals and hormones that either strengthen or weaken our immune systems. And when we feel loved and cared for by others, the rush of healing hormones released by the master glands in our brains affects our bodies in such a way that our immune systems suddenly have renewed energy to repair cells, clear out toxins, and most important, remove cancer cells. So, in addition to remembering to take your vitamins each day, don't forget to ask yourself these two questions: To whom have I given love today? And, from whom did I receive love?" - pg 216
Masters Level Clinical Counsellor (MA)